Celebrate Disability Awareness Month with CPL

Celebrate individuals with disabilities during Disability Awareness Month in conjunction with the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July. Whether you have a disability yourself or are an ally looking to learn and grow in your support of others, Chicago Public Library invites you to celebrate with us all month! Join us in one of our many programs, check out our recommended reads or take part in a book discussion.

Our featured event, Meet Keah Brown: Author and Activist is part of our Voices for Justice series. She will be in person discussing her books, The Pretty One and the soon-to-be released Sam's Super Seats.


Explore our full list of events or check out one of the highlights below:

Meet the Author: Story Time with Anitra Rowe-Schulte
Home Safety 101: Making Your Home Work for You
Tellin' Tales Theatre's Young Adult Writers: Connecting the Dots

Film Events

How would you like to watch films on the big screens with subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing without having to ask? The library has got you covered! All screenings at the Harold Washington Library Center play on the big screen with subtitles so everyone can enjoy the movie theater experience together. View the full list of screenings.

Additionally, branches will be running films to bring awareness to stories of people with disabilities:
Deaf Jam (2011)
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
Ray (2004)
The Sound of Metal (2019)

Book Clubs

Be sure to visit your local branch to pick up a bookmark that doubles as a coloring activity!

ASL Book Discussion: Deaf Utopia
Audiobook Book Discussion: When We Were Vikings

Reading Recommendations

2022 Disability Awareness Month Books for Kids
2022 Disability Awareness Month Books for Teens
Disability Awareness Month: Recommended Reads for Adults (2022)
Disability Awareness: Recent Highlights (2022)